Friday, September 6, 2013

All Around the Web - September 6, 2013

HT: 22 Words

Trevin Wax - Being True to Yourself is Living a Lie

The Counseling Room

Here’s where Disney doctrine leads to glaring inconsistencies in the real world. Consider the following scenario in a counselor’s office:

Teen #1: “I think I’m gay, but I want to change my sexual orientation.”

Counselor: “I’m sorry, but sexual orientation is fixed from birth. You need to embrace who you are, not try to change.”

Teen #2: “I am a boy, but I feel like a girl and want to change my sex.”

Counselor: “That’s fine. Your gender is flexible.”

The Tyranny of Feelings

What we have in the first case is a young man who has feelings he wishes were different, and yet he is commanded to accept the dictates of nature, as expressed by those feelings.  He must be cowed into submission and forced to accept whatever his attractions dictate.

The Gospel Coalition - You Asked: What Is the Unforgivable Sin?

So what does the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit really mean, and how does it apply to us today? In short, I suggest it's a specific, active, and final choice to declare the person and work of Jesus as being demonic in origin. The specificity of this charge is clearest in the most detailed version of the event we have, retold by Matthew (12:22-37). There it's clear that, after a contracted series of interactions with Jesus, the Pharisees have made a final, declarative decision that Jesus is not from God and must be killed (12:14 is the turning point of Matthew's narrative on this score). As a result, they have no choice but to openly interpret Jesus' good works of healing and teaching as Satanic in origin. Jesus, in a showing of his incredible wisdom, reveals the terrible inconsistency of their logic (12:25-29). Instead, he argues, these godly works come from God's Spirit. Therefore, to call the Spirit's work through Jesus demonic is the greatest, unforgivable sin (12:31-32).

Augustine's view that the unforgivable sin is a state of unrepentant enmity toward God isn't wrong, but it doesn't deal with the specificity to which the Gospel texts speak. It's certainly a truism and a valid reading/application of these texts to argue that a state of unbelieving enmity toward Christ results in no forgiveness. But the first reading of the blasphemy of the Spirit in the Gospel texts is much more specific: it's a hardened evaluation of Jesus' work as being demonic in origin.

Matthew's additional material in 12:33-37 both makes this reading clear and also shows interpreters have regularly misunderstood how 12:33-37 relates to 12:22-32. Despite our New Testament editions' paragraph break at 12:33, these following verses aren't a new, unrelated section but the culmination of Jesus' conflict with his opponents and the explanation of what this blasphemy is. Continuing in his argument, Jesus forces the Pharisees to face their own position and make a choice—either declare that he's a good tree or a bad one (12:33). It makes no sense to say he's a bad tree (demonic in origin) producing good fruit (healings). This statement, which is regularly conflated with Matthew's other uses of the tree analogy (3:10; 7:15-20), is actually the same argument he's just made about the illogicality of his opponents' position (12:25-29). Again, the blasphemy against the Spirit is saying that Jesus' good works (by the Spirit) are the fruit of a bad (demonic) tree.

This in turn also explains the equally troubling saying in 12:36-37: "I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." Rather than being a general statement indicating all of us will be faced at the pearly gates with an embarrassing video recording of all the stupid things we said in life, these verses directly address and complete the blasphemy of the Holy Spirit argument. Jesus is warning his opponents that these careless words (that Jesus' work is demonic in origin) will result in their condemnation—another way of saying they won't be forgiven for this hardened position of opposition to him

Joe Carter - 9 (More) Things You Should Know About Duck Dynasty 

CBN - The Odd Duck: Beardless Alan Joins 'Dynasty' Show

Today Duck Commander, the Robertson family duck call business made famous by A&E's hit reality show "Duck Dynasty," is more of an empire.

But in the beginning Phil Robertson made his duck calls in his backwoods Louisiana backyard. And as the oldest son, Alan Robertson served as one of his dad's first employees.

"We made everything in there," Alan said, pointing into an old shed behind his dad's house. "There used to be an old band saw out back and I used to cut calls in half. I was little, I was 12 years old, I mean, OSHA, we didn't know what OSHA was in those days."

Alan then gestured toward an old red water shed with rows of nails stuck in it.

Buzzfeed - 18 Everyday Products You’ve Been Using Wrong

11. Soda tabs double as straw holders.

Number one rule

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